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IJM worked with Kenyan police to find and arrest a school guard who raped 9-year-old Nasimiyu.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Nine-year-old Nasimiyu* was waiting patiently in an empty classroom for her aunt to pick her up after school, just like any normal afternoon.
The justice system in Bolivia is broken and so slow-moving that a man who sexually assaults a child in Bolivia is more likely to die slipping in the shower than to go to jail for the crime.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – A three-year legal battle finally ended on Friday when a man was convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.
After the court ruled, Margaret (far right) said, "We feel so happy because IJM did for us what we did not expect."
KAMPALA, UGANDA – On Friday, justice was delivered in a landmark case for Margaret and her sisters. Her deceptive half-brother was found guilty for stealing their land and was sentenced to 26 months in prison—the longest sentence ever in an IJM Uganda case.
One of the boys helps gather his family’s meager belongings from a temporary shelter where they had been living. The families were forced to move from forest to forest to cut and chop wood, making it impossible for children to stay in school.
CHENNAI, INDIA – In the last weeks of 2013, rescue finally came to families who had been forced to live and work as slaves for up to three years chopping trees.
IJM helped police rescue two girls being trafficked for sex on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station.
KOLKATA, INDIA – In the final operation of the year, IJM helped police rescue two girls on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station. It was the fifth attempt in three weeks to thwart traffickers using train stations as exchanges to buy and sell girls.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Teenage girls are seated in a small circle, each one holding a section of the newspaper. But they're not reading; they're thinking.
Both traffickers were convicted under the Philippines’ strong anti-trafficking law and sentenced to life in prison.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Two traffickers were convicted on Friday, December 13, in a small, make-shift courtroom in a nondescript government building—a stand-in for the main courthouse which was damaged in a massive earthquake in Cebu in October.
IJM Kenya works with local law enforcement to defend and protect children who have experienced sexual abuse.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Fridah* and her family can feel safer, now that her stepfather has been convicted for sexually abusing her. IJM Kenya advocated for 13-year-old Fridah in court and has been supporting her impoverished family since the awful truth about the betrayal and abuse emerged.
Children from one church collected spare change from families and neighbors in their slum community to help pay for Christmas parties for survivors of sex trafficking.
MUMBAI, INDIA – In many places around the world, churches are giving generously and serving people in need during the Christmas season. In Mumbai, churches are helping IJM host special Christmas parties at aftercare shelters for survivors of sex trafficking.
After feeling silenced by his stroke in the legal battle for his freedom, Evans said proudly, "I have someone to speak for me now."
NAIROBI, KENYA – Last week, a Kenyan father was finally declared innocent in court after being blamed for a crime he never committed.

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